Clayton Spivey, M.Ac, L.Ac, Dipl.Ac.

I have personally found that acupuncture is profound, life-changing, boundary-expanding, and shows me the limitlessness of my own potential, both in the outer world and in my inner, psychological world. I know that it is my calling to pass on the potential of this work both as a practitioner, and as a teacher.

Regarding my qualifications, “M.Ac.”means that I received a Master of Acupuncture degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, now called Maryland University of Integrative Health, in 1991. “L.Ac.”means that the State of Maryland licenses me to practice acupuncture. “Dipl.Ac.”(Diplomate of Acupuncture) means that I passed the national acupuncture examination and keep that certification current with continuing education each year. I am also a lifetime member of the Maryland Acupuncture Society.

As your partner in a journey to your health goals, I promise to work with you and support you as you begin to feel better. Once you are feeling better, I will support you in staying better. I promise to do more than treat your symptom or just one part of your body. Together we will look at the whole of you, and I will design a course of treatment with you that aims to change your life for the better: body, mind and spirit.

My background

I received my B.S. in Speech, Theatre and English from Ithaca College in 1970, and my M.A. in Communication Theory at Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1971. In that year, I began teaching Speech at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. I taught speech and communications at UMBC and several other area colleges for several years while continuing my education for my doctorate at the University of Maryland at College Park. From 1977 through 1986, I became the manager of training and development for several different organizations, including the City of Baltimore and the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

I was “lured” back into classroom teaching by one of my adult students, an administrator for the Baltimore County Public Schools. I served in a teaching/administrative role for the public high schools in Baltimore County for four years before the power of my own acupuncture treatments led me to investigate the role of acupuncture as a career. I became an acupuncturist in 1990, and have been profoundly moved by my work with patients ever since.

In 1993, I was asked to return to the Traditional Acupuncture Institute as a faculty member, and I eventually became a Distinguished Faculty member teaching courses in diagnostics and advanced acupuncture theory. My teaching career was deeply rewarded by receiving the Great Esteem Award, given by the acupuncture students to the faculty member who most inspired excellence in them. My colleagues also named me Faculty Member of the Year. Both of these awards have touched me deeply and inspire me to continue my work with dedication and passion. In 2004, I had the privilege of being named Faculty Emeritus at Tai Sophia Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health). I continue to teach and write about acupuncture in addition to maintaining a private practice in Columbia, Maryland.